Provision of support through UNFCCC’s Regional Collaboration Centres

UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centres work with governments and the private sector to speed up and scale up action across the globe. The UNFCCC secretariat looks for partners around the world to establish Centres.

I. Background

Published on 3 February 2017

The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the “Convention”), the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto Protocol (the “secretariat”) seeks to engage in mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships with non-Party stakeholders, including the private sector. Stakeholders must share the values and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Convention and the Paris Agreement, as well as internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact, and whose behavior demonstrates a willingness to exercise social and environmental responsibility, towards global peaking of emissions and to enhance resilience.

Such collaborative partnerships are to be understood as voluntary and mutually agreed between the secretariat and the selected non-Party stakeholder(s), in which the participants agree to work together, free of charge, and make contributions to achieve a common purpose, to undertake a specific task, and to share risks and responsibilities, resources and benefits. It is by no means intended to establish any commercial relationship or contract among the parties involved, nor to procure any financial gain for the selected partner.

II. Scope

The UNFCCC’s Regional Collaboration Centres (RCCs) support national climate action through capacity-building, technical assistance and strategic networking – sourcing know how and resources to drive sustainable development. RCCs were established to spread the benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which spurs investment in sustainable development through a market-based mechanism by rewarding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since the adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in December 2015, the RCCs have continued to support the CDM and have broadened their scope of work by supporting activities related to the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The secretariat is currently considering a partnership to support governments and non-State actors in the regions through its RCCs, to enhance climate action, including through carbon markets. RCCs are located in Latin America and the Caribbean (RCC Bogota and RCC St. Georges), Africa (RCC Lomé and RCC Kampala), and Asia (RCC Bangkok).

The secretariat invites other entities interested in joining this partnership to also submit their proposals.

III. Opportunities

Collaborative partnerships concluded under this Advance Notice of Partnership would implement the following joint activities globally, covering the regions served by the RCCs subject to availability of funds:

  • Development of local capacity on a variety of mitigation-related activities including domestic and regional carbon trading mechanisms through exchange of information and experience on climate change, NDC implementation, mitigation and adaptation policies and actions;

  • Raising awareness and knowledge among local stakeholders on climate change matters and opportunities in particular with respect to the implementation of the Paris Agreement;

  • Identification of priority areas for the development of standardized baselines based on the emission profile of given countries and direct support to relevant institutions in the development and submission of proposed standardized baselines, and sectoral regional emission factors developed in line with agreed international protocols;

  • Identification of specific project activities and programmes which would benefit from such standardized baselines/emission factors including in relation to monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) activities in the context of the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions. In this context, direct technical support in the preparation of project design documents including sustainability elements will be provided to a variety of stakeholders, and;

  • Identification of potential mitigation project activities and programmes of activities which have potential to be registered under CDM and direct support in the development of project design documents for such projects and programmes;

  • Exchanging information and experience on technical and financial support mechanisms and tools in the climate change mitigation and adaptation sector. These topics include access to international climate funds and carbon market mechanisms;

  • Exchanging information on relevant and on-going capacity building programs and projects, disseminating lessons learned and successful approaches;

  • Identification and implementation of joint activities striving to enhance the skills and capacity base of common public and private sector partners required to implement mitigation and adaptation projects;

  • Establishment of common mechanisms, forums and tools, including strategies and expert networks to secure collaboration on capacity building activities and to facilitate effective information, knowledge and data exchange;

  • Conducting joint outreach and advocacy activities including publications and convening events with relevance to the regions supported by RCCs.

Additional ideas are also welcome for potential collaborations with the aim of providing direct support to governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in the development of sustainable capacity for future local engagement in these activities as well as in the regional and global carbon market.

IV. Responsibilities

The selected partner will have the following responsibilities:

  • Implementation of the joint activities in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (the “Legal Instrument”) to be concluded between selected partner and the secretariat;
  • The selected partner(s) will cover all the costs incurred by its participation in this cooperation. No financial support will be provided by the secretariat for the establishment and administration of the RCC;
  • The selected partner(s) shall act in a manner consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

The RCC will not be a legal entity and as such will not have any legal status or capacity, and therefore, no business will be transacted or conducted in the name of the RCC.

The secretariat will be responsible for the preparation of the Legal Instrument detailing the responsibilities of the selected partner which will be jointly signed by the secretariat and the selected partner.

V. Eligibility and exclusionary criteria

To be eligible, proponents should substantiate the following with statements or/and relevant evidence when available:

  • Demonstrated support of the core values of the United Nations and its causes, including the UN Charter, UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework;

  • Demonstrated support of the principles enshrined in the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement;

  • Demonstrated support of internationally recognized principles reflected, inter alia, in the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;

  • Active engagement in partnerships and initiatives with United Nations, intergovernmental, national, sub-national, industry/sectoral, non-governmental and other related organizations in support of climate, environmental and/or social causes;

  • Demonstrated support of the principles of sustainable development, including social and environmental corporate responsibility;

  • For business sector entities, reporting on corporate environmental and social responsibility performance;

  • For non-profit entities, regular monitoring and evaluation reporting;

  • Compliance with recognized environmental and social standards;

  • A strong relationship between the proposed partnership and the business or purpose of the entity;

  • No history of allegations for human rights and environmental abuse;

  • No history of allegation for abuse of UN partnerships;

  • No previous involvement in corruption;

  • Disclosure of any conflicts of interest;

  • No violation of sanctions established by the United Nations Security Council; and

  • No involvement in the sale or manufacture of anti-personnel or landmines or cluster bombs.

VI. Use of Secretariat’s name and logo

The secretariat may agree on a case by case basis and upon request, to exceptionally authorize the use of its name and logo on a non-exclusive basis. The use of the name and logo must be expressly approved in advance in writing and upon such terms and conditions as may be specified by the secretariat.

VII. Submission of proposals

Proposals should be sent to, marked for the attention of the “Partnership for support through Regional Collaboration Centres”.

The present call for proposals is a standing call. The selection of partner depends on the feasibility assessment made by the secretariat based on the timing of the proposals. To this effect we encourage early submissions of proposals. The secretariat reserves the right to decline any proposal.

The proposals should:

(a) Indicate within 900 words, the scope, objective(s), timeframe of the proposed collaboration, and the financial value of the partner’s contribution, if any;

(b) Include a statement, within 900 words, on the applicant’s eligibility, in accordance with the eligibility and exclusionary criteria set out above with all supporting documentation attached;

(c) Include a statement of the intention to fully comply with the terms of the Legal Instrument to be concluded with the selected partner;

(d) Indicate any requirements regarding the use of secretariat’s name and logo;

If a proposal is deemed acceptable, the secretariat will inform the proponent and a Legal Instrument will be concluded in writing. The Legal Instrument prepared by the secretariat will clearly set out, inter alia, the following:

(a) Scope, objectives, staffing (including staff requiring accreditation during UNFCCC events) and timeframe of the collaboration;

(b) Specific roles and responsibilities of the parties, including operational targets and activities;

(c) Treatment of confidential information exchanged by the parties;

(d) Conditions relating to the use of secretariat’s name and logo;

(e) Reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements for the collaboration;

(f) Provisions for liabilities, indemnity and settlement of disputes.